Reviewing David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Line

First off, let's get a few things out of the way. David Chang is a Korean American chef and owner of the restaurant group Momofuku which spans a line of 6 restaurants nationwide and a product line of instant noodles, chili crisp, salts, and liquids like tamari and vinegar. When the pandemic hit and restaurants were forced to shut down, it became evident that a typical business model wasn't going to work anymore. So in order to diversify momofuku's income, David released a line of instant noodles in order to help diversify momofuku’s income outside of its line of restaurants. It’s definitely a commendable business move and I’m thrilled it’s working out so far! 

Momofuku’s instant noodle line is actually a collaboration between Momofuku and A-sha Foods, a leader in instant noodles. The noodles are air dried for about 18 hours (never fried), zero cholesterol, 11 grams of protein, and 25% less calories than other instant ramen brands. Which begs the question: Are they still as delicious as the other not so healthy instant ramens? Well, I'm here to try them out for you! As someone who grew up eating tons of ramen and has an actual drawer in her kitchen dedicated to instant ramen, I feel very qualified and honored to do this review for you all. I also turned these instant noodles into full blown dishes like kimchi jjigae, carbonara, and pad thai! So, lets get into the reviews and recipes of this noodle tasting! 

These are the products that I reviewed from Momofuku 

  1. Soy & Scallion Noodles 

These are the most basic ones out of all three. It comes with a packet of dried scallions and momofuku’s tamari sauce which makes it very soy forward. Although this one wasn't my favorite flavor, it is a great base for a recipe. Maybe crack an egg or mix in some peanut butter and hoisin sauce and it would be perfect. The texture of the noodles are very chewy and I love that the resemble squiggly noodles I grew up with.

To level it up, I turned the soy & scallion package into a pot of kimchi jjigae with spam and tofu. I added a shot of the house made tamari and the soy packet for a hit of sodium and it was incredible! 


Spicy Soy Noodles 

Now, David Chang is known to like his things spicy so I was a little worried about the spice level but I actually really liked it. At first I wasn't sure if it was spicy enough but as I finished my first bite, the spice started to creep up and build on me. It brought an extra layer of flavor and warmth to the noodles.

Since I had been taste testing and playing with recipes I had a bunch of extra sauce packets from the carbonara (below), I got crazy with my stir fried noodles and mixed two different sauce packets for the best of both worlds. A well balanced spicy, tingly, umami, done in a pinch sauce for my pad thai inspired shrimp & tofu noodle stir fry. Of course, I had to add a fried egg over top along with a bunch of fresh herbs, a heavy squeeze of lemon, and finally a hit of the Momofuku chili crunch because its my favorite! 

  1. Tingly Chili Wave Noodles 

These were my favorite of the three! Right off that bat, these were different from the other two. The noodles were wider and the sauce packet had a very strong Szechuan peppercorn smell. 

These had way more ingredients than the prior two which resulted in a more balanced flavor. They were savory, umami, sweet, slightly less spicy than the spicy soy noodles, and had a slight tingly sensation to them. The wider noodles had a better mouthfeel and reminded me of biang biang noodles. If you were to only get one I would definitely recommend trying these out first!

The tingly chili noodles got revamped into a spicy carbonara (sorry not sorry Italians) and finished it off with a sprinkle of the tingly seasoned salt. This was a hit among me and my friends for a quick lunch. Super quick, thanks to 4 minute cook time on these faux pappardelle noodles! 


  1. Momofuku Chili Crunch 

I love a good chili crunch and let me tell you that this chili crunch is next level. It’s spicy but not crazy spicy that you can't eat a whole spoon of it. But in all honesty my favorite part is the crunch. Momofuku chili crunch is actually one of the only chili crunch that is actually crunchy. There are sesame seeds, shallots, and garlic that keep the chili crunch crunchy and I am loving it. 

  1. Tingly Seasoned Salt 

Despite the name, the tingly seasoned salt is not that salty. I sprinkled about 1 tablespoon over the carbonara and it definitely gave a good tingly sensation but I still had to add some more salt to bring out the flavors. I love this product to sprinkle over a dish, especially something that’s in need of a numbing sensation but if you're on a budget maybe give this a pass. 

  1. Momofuku Tamari 

Tamari was the most surprising item I purchased solely because I really had no hopes of it being anything out of the ordinary. Just by giving it a sniff you wouldn't know that there is anything different about this tamari but one shot of it straight to my mouth and I was proven wrong. The tamari wasnt overly salty which makes it perfect for dosing your food all over and the kombu flavor that comes through at the end was a nice finishing touch that reminded me of the high quality sauce you would get at a Japanese restaurant. 

My Overall Review:

My overall experience with Momofuku's website was pretty good. Simple and quick. Most products are about $12- 13 and they tend to push their noodles and chili oil crunches more than any other product. I wasn't aware that they even had a line of liquids or salts until I scrolled through their websites. Since they are based in New York, the shipping was super quick and free after spending $45 which is basically buying 4 products. 

Not including shipping or tax, the price per packet is $2.60. Compared to the unhealthy instant ramen that can be a steep price. About 150% more than average. However, compared to the healthier instant ramens out there Momofuku's price is right on point and can even rival others with their slightly cheaper pricing.

My favorite products were the spicy soy noodles, tingly chili wavy noodle, chili crunch, and tamari! These four products are the ones I will be buying again. The noodles have the perfect chewy texture, cook in 3 - 4 minutes and the flavor packets are perfect on their own or amped up into a totally different recipe. The crunch is not too spicy so you can do a big tablespoon or two and the only thing that will change is the amount of crunch you’ve added. The crunch comes from sesame seeds, garlic and shallots and I've added it to everything possible. 

Not only are these products great by themselves but they are so fun to elevate and adapt to other recipes. Check out the full recipes below! 

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By Alex C

Senior Food Writer at Pro Home Cooks